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GT wants players to be mentally stronger

30 November 2012

Gaffer wants improvement in away record

Graham Turner has stressed the importance of his players being stronger mentally as he targets an improvement to Shrewsbury Town's away record.
The manager is disappointed at a return of just three points on their League One travels this season and knows it must improve as Town look ahead to their return to action at Crawley a week on Saturday. 
"It's difficult to accept the away form compared to the home form," said Graham. "Fifteen points at home is not a bad return but three points away is a very, very poor return and there lies our problem.
"Sometimes it is about confidence but there is also an attitude, an application, and I think just at the moment that is lacking.
"We should have got something out of the Oldham game, I don't think there's a doubt about that, but we didn't."
He added: "It's not something we wanted obviously but with the weekend off we will have had two weeks to prepare for Crawley.
"Part of it will be used for fitness, part of it for team organisation again and trying to instill that belief that we've had here at this club for the last couple of seasons that if we go a goal down we've never known when we've been beaten.
"Now we've got to start to acquire that again for our away matches and that's disturbing. 
"The players have got to be a lot stronger mentally when things go wrong away from home, but preferably don't let them go wrong.
"We've got to start taking the game to the opposition again."

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